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WhiteWave Foods to Buy Earthbound Farm

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Dairy producer WhiteWave Foods has announced plans to pay about $600 million to purchase Earthbound Farm, the largest organic produce brand in the U.S. Earthbound Farm was the producer behind the 2006 spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed three. Following that outbreak, the company redesigned its food safety practices… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving From a Food-Safety Perspective

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Organic Growers Urged to Comment on FDA’s Draft FSMA Rules

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Organic growers are among those sighing in relief now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period for its proposed produce and preventive-control rules until Nov. 22. The proposed rules are part of the historic Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011. The… Continue Reading

Organic Foods: The Safety Question

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This is part three in a series of three articles on organic foods originally published by Food Sentry on May 31, 2013. Part one is here: The Low-Down on Organic Foods. Part two is here: Organic vs. Non-Organic: What’s the Difference? Are organic food products safer than non-organic food products? Given the requirements set forth in the National… Continue Reading

Organic vs. Non-Organic: What’s the Difference?

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This is part two in a series of three articles on organic foods originally published by Food Sentry on March 31, 2013. Read part one here: The Low-Down on Organic Foods. With the basics behind us of what constitutes an organic product under the National Organic Program (NOP), we can move forward to comparing organic… Continue Reading

Greens Grower and Whole Foods Team Up for HACCP Certification

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“It’s been a road.” That’s how Jeff Miller, owner of Willie Green’s Organic Farm, a diversified 85-acre farm in western Washington, described the three-year process it took to get a “certified thumbs-up” for the strict food safety practices he has put into place for his salad greens and baby leaf spinach. In doing that, Miller… Continue Reading

Organic Oregano Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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A California company is recalling 1,075 cases of its organic oregano because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Olde Thompson Inc. of Oxnard, CA issued a voluntary recall of its Earth’s Pride Organics brand Organic Oregano — sold exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale — on Friday after the bacteria was discovered as a result of… Continue Reading

Organic vs. Conventional: Pundits Are Welcome to Their Own Opinion, But Not Their Own Facts

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Because Food Safety News holds an important perspective in the industry, I was surprised to see the website publish a commentary by Mr. Mischa Popoff. Mr. Popoff has spent the last few years promoting his self-published book, Is It Organic.  He has made irresponsible and unsupported claims that 80 percent of all organic food in… Continue Reading

Organic Hepatitis A Outbreak

Opinion

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Today’s organic consumer is well informed. They have made the connection between quality of life and their own personal responsibility as for how it’s going to play out for them. They understand the risks – the effects of hormones, GMOs, antibiotic, and pesticides – and that’s why they are buying organic. – Christine Bushway, Executive… Continue Reading